Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt


I got a lot of cleaning done yesterday, and I ended up getting out of class very early so I was able to come home and get even more done. I need to get a set of shelves and an office chair. I plan to move a lot of stuff around in the kitchen area.

The little mp3 CD player I picked up for the bathroom has been a great in the cleaning. I was playing the mp3 CDs of the Star Wars NPR radio shows, which are really a lot of fun. It has all the drama of a movie, but I don't have to watch it. I got a lot of stuff done while listening to them.

Something suddenly snapped into focus listening to those Star Wars shows for the first time in many years. I heard them when they first came out. My grandfather was chief engineer of WNYC and each week he brought home a cassette he had made of the episode to be aired the week after. Being of the generation that I am, I of course listened to those tapes repeatedly (I still have them, and there is at least one scene that is on those tapes that isn't in the broadcast version of "A Wind to Shake the Stars" between Luke and Camie), and I wonder very much if a good deal of my enthusiasm for film music, which I have always associated with Star Wars, may have been been directly effected by these programs. They used the original sound effects and music from the films, and I don't wonder if the fact that at such a formative age I would have been exposed to a version of these films that so stressed their aural element.

Of course, there was only about ninety minutes of music written for Star Wars and there are thirteen half hour episodes of the first film adaptation, so cues are often used and reused, although the editing is very clever. There are moments when the Williams music is supplemented by original material (mostly sweeteners). I found it very interesting that because of the different nature that radio is from the cinematic medium, the music often had to be used in different ways than it was in the film. The most striking example of this is that the Rebel theme is, because of how aggressive it is, is associated with danger on the radio show. The Death Star motif is heard often throughout the radio show, but without the visual cue, it simply becomes one of many musical bridges heard throughout the program.

Meanwhile, when I'm not listening to these, I've been working on my Classic Bond compilation. It is either done or almost done. I haven't decided yet. The basic problem is that I like what I put on there, but in an attempt to avoid having too much of the James Bond theme on it, I ended up having gone in the other direction, and the James Bond theme isn't representated enough. On the other hand, I'm not sure what I would cut to put another Bond theme variation in (most likely "James Bond with Bongos" from From Russia With Love). But I'm busy with other things at the moment, so I'll get to that later.
Tags: film music
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